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Critical but stable – SA’s water quality and infrastructure rated

Critical but stable – SA’s water quality and infrastructure rated
A tanker delivers water to residents of Hamanskraal during the deadly cholera outbreak in May 2023. (Photo: Felix Dlangamandla)

A media briefing by the Department of Water and Sanitation officials revealed the state of South Africa’s water and associated infrastructure. It’s critical, but stable. Daily Maverick has created some graphs to put you in the picture.

The quality of South Africa’s drinking water has declined alongside water and sanitation service delivery. These are among some of the key findings of the Watch Reports released by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in Pretoria on Tuesday. 

The three Watch Reports — Green Drop, Blue Drop and No Drop — are regulatory mechanisms the department uses to monitor the quality and service delivery of water and sanitation by municipalities, alongside water conservation and demand management.

The Green Drop report specifically looks at the state of wastewater systems, while the Blue Drop looks at the quality of drinking, and the No Drop assesses the distribution of drinking water.





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After a hiatus of almost a decade, the reports are back, with the full Blue Drop report expected in July. The full No Drop report is expected to be released in September and an interim Green Drop report is scheduled for release in July. DM

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